Australia-Africa Mining Industry Group (AAMIG)
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April 2014

Message from the CEO


It is now three years since AAMIG was formally established (May 2011), during which time we have grown from a group of interested individuals with a passion to leverage the positive impact of mining in Africa, to an industry organisation representing over 120 Australian companies, Australian Governments at both Federal and State level, plus Academic institutions and African Governments.

During this time, we have established credibility with both non-members and Government(s) as “the voice of the Australian mining industry in Africa”.  We have facilitated over 100 workshops and networking events across Australia, with the objective of sharing knowledge on doing business in Africa, and are proud to be consulted by various agencies as the “go-to” people for mining in Africa.
 
I would like to welcome as new members to AAMIG, Barry Avery, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility. Thank you to all of our members for your continued support, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Celtic Club Networking Event on the 1st of May.

For more information on the activities of AAMIG, please visit the AAMIG website: http://www.aamig.com
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Save the Date - Events not to be missed!

 
28th April 2014
Corporate Security and Integrated Risk Management Workshop - Brisbane
AAMIG is convening a workshop on the impact and the management of corporate security issues. This interactive session, which will be presented by Dr Gavriel Schneider of Risk2Solution Group, will link the concepts of integrated risk into an applicable structure. This structure will include an overview of related guidelines, legislative considerations and best practice. These concepts will be linked back to actual case studies.

1st May 2014
AAMIG Celtic Club Networking Seminar
This bi-monthly networking event provides members with the opportunity to discuss current issues and share key learning's regarding doing business in Africa. Guest presenters include Bruce McFazdean from Mawson West, and Norman Oehme from McGrathNicol, .

1st May 2014
'Gold 101' Mining Masterclass Workshop
Norton Rose Fulbright, are offering AAMIG members complimentary attendance to their half-day “Mining Master Class” Workshops. “Gold 101” is being held on 1st May and will  provide attendees with an overview of gold mining and extraction methods, processing techniques and market delivery / offtake issues.

7th May 2014
Oxfam and Melbourne Business School Sustainable Mining Symposium - Melbourne
This year’s topic is: Protecting Human Rights in High Risk Environments. It has been chosen in response to advise from the extractives industry that companies continue to face challenges when operating in countries that are prone to conflict.

20th – 25th July 2014
AIDS Conference - Melbourne
The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. There will be a dedicated stream relating to the extractive industries. Please visit www.aids2014.org for additional information on how your organisation can get involved.

For more information on these events or to RSVP please email Rebecca Hamersley

Opportunities

 

Can You Help with Shipping?


reSHOE (http://reshoe.org/) is a micro finance project that sends used shoes from Australia to developing countries, providing them to locals who then use them to  set up small businesses. They currently have approximately 10,000 pairs of shoes that they would like to send to Ghana (or elsewhere in Africa if you have a suggestion).
 
If you, or anyone you know, are able to help, please contact Lauren at reSHOE:
lauren.mcnamara@enactusuwa.org


For more information on these opportunities please contact AAMIG.

Recommended Reading


Zambia leads way to standardise mining laws – comment by Yolanda Torrisi


Zambian media has reported that the Zambian government is leading the way in Africa regarding the introduction of new laws to standardise mining policies that will enable the country to fully benefit from their mineral resources.
 

Fraser Institute’s Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2013


This report presents the results of the Fraser Institute’s 2013 annual international survey of mining and exploration companies. The survey endeavours to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulatory uncertainty affect exploration investment. The total exploration budgets reported by companies participating in the survey were US $4.6 billion in 2012 and US $3.4 billion in 2013. The top ten ranked mining jurisdictions were: Sweden, Finland, Alberta, Ireland, Wyoming, Western Australia, New Brunswick, Nevada, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Norway.


African Development Bank Group’s Integrated Safeguards System - Policy Statement and Operational Safeguards


The African Development Bank has launched the first issue of its new Safeguards and Sustainability Series focusing on the Bank’s Integrated Safeguards System. This is aimed at promoting greater accountability and transparency in Bank projects and operations
 

The World Bank study - Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa: Local Spillovers and Competitiveness in Global Value Chains


Foreign direct investment (FDI) is becoming an increasingly significant catalyst for output and trade in developing countries, in part due to a major expansion in the scope of global value chains. FDI delivers a number of important contributions to economic development in terms of investment, employment, and foreign exchange, but it is its spill-over potential that is perhaps its most valuable input to long-run growth and development. This study will be of interest to AAMIG members because one of its Sector Case Studies involves the mining industry.
 

ICMM Annual Review 2013 - Strengthening relationships with communities


This year’s review reflects a direction change for ICMM reflecting a dominant priority on community - operation relationships, and how concrete steps can be taken to strengthen those relationships.
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